For many music lovers, it's not Christmas until The Oak Ridge Boys come a-caroling.
The Grammy-winning group will ring in the holiday season at Star Plaza Theatre this weekend. The Oak Ridge Boys "Celebrate Christmas" tour will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday during a show that's historic in that it's the last concert that will ever be performed at Star Plaza Theatre. The theater is slated to be torn down sometime after Sunday's final show.
"Yes, we'll be playing the theater for the last time," said Richard Sterban, member of the Oak Ridge Boys. "We're certainly going to have very mixed emotions about that show. We were one of the first groups to play there," he said.
The Mighty Oaks, as they're known by fans, have performed more than 100 times at Star Plaza Theatre, beginning when it was still known as Holiday Star Theatre.
"For us to be asked to do the final show, it really is an honor," he said.
It was a tradition for many years that the Grammy-winning country quartet played Star Plaza Theatre and the former Holiday Star Theatre every New Year’s Eve. Now, it’s been a tradition during the last decade that the group performs its Christmas-themed concert or regular show in Northwest Indiana.
Sterban, along with Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen and William Lee Golden, make up The Oak Ridge Boys.
"We're excited and looking forward to coming back," Sterban said, adding they have a strong fan base in Northwest Indiana and Chicago area. "It's such a beautiful theater and there's not a bad seat in the house," Sterban said about Star Plaza. "We feel very much at home there. And when we come to Star Plaza, we feel like family."
Sterban said The Oaks love the Christmas season and will be sharing a variety of holiday tunes from their seven Christmas albums with fans.
"It's very much a family show," he said. In addition to favorite Christmas songs, there will be a visit from Santa and a special "rocking chair" segment featuring the singers talking about their Christmas memories and why the season is special to them.
"We do the spiritual side of Christmas, the romantic side and the fun side," Sterban said about the show.
Sterban, known for his deep bass vocals, which star in the song "Elvira," said, in addition to Christmas songs, the group will also entertain the audience with their hits.
The singer said The Oak Ridge Boys have a new project scheduled to be released in March and during one segment of the Christmas show, audiences will have the opportunity to hear a bit of what will debut next year. "It's a historic, retro-type of project," Sterban said.